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Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Hanson-Roberts Tarot
Designer: Mary Hanson-Roberts.  Publisher: US Games.  Size: 600cm x 985 (2.5 x 3.75)  Price includes shipping.
Price: HUF7,604.42
Points Price: 220
Reward Points: 22


This will be a well-known deck for those of you who are familiar with tarot cards, and is the first of Mary Hanson-Roberts' artistic contributions to Tarot. She followed up with The Quick and Easy Tarot, the Universal Waite and the Whimsical. The accompanying booklet is written by Stuart Kaplan.  The hanson roberts has probably become one of the all-time most popular decks around with beginners and old hands alike.

It's a traditional structure deck with King, Queen, Knight and Page on each of the Suits, and it sticks closely to the symbolic format first created with the Rider Waite Deck, using closely allied symbolism and structure. However, the illustrations are much more detailed on this deck and the cards themselves contain a helpful and pretty use of colour.

Almost all of the cards have flowers or vegetation included in the images, and the illustrations are evocative and thought-provoking. I particularly like the Rods in this deck - these are all flowering staffs where the blossoms are generally closed with the notable exception of the Ace, where exotic flowers bloom against a sun-streaked sky in front of a fairy tale castle. One criticism I would make of the illustrations (and this a somewhat endearing one) is that several of the male figures seem to have lost their necks!

The instruction book is reasonably comprehensive. On Majors you get a fairly thorough description of the concept of the card and the symbolism in the image plus a divinatory meaning (keywords) and reversed meaning. The Minor Arcana follows the same format though there is less information. The only spread included is the Celtic Cross.

All in all, an extremely good beginner's deck.

The Emperor
The Hermit
Hanged Man
Ace of Rods
4 of Rods
2 of Cups
Page of Cups
Ace of Swords
King of Swords
9 of Pents
King Pents

Average Customer Rating: 5 based on 1 reviews. Write a review.

Positive Customer Review
Genna (Guest)
My first set
A friend gave me her copy of the Hanson Roberts when I said I might like to try out my hand at reading tarot. Fifteen years (and many decks) later, it is still my old faithful. It is a great place to begin to get to know tarot.
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